Dundee Pale Ale | Genesee Brewing Co. / Dundee Brewing Co.

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Dundee Pale AleDundee Pale Ale

Brewed by:
Genesee Brewing Co. / Dundee Brewing Co.
New York, United States

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.30%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by John on 08-16-2004

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Photo of HardTarget
3.33/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Completely uninformative bottle
Aroma: Full hop aroma, more of an English hop smell, with a slightly “dusty” malt base
Appearance: Red glass with a good cover of tiny off white bubbles that laced nicely.
Flavor: Solid malt base almost overpowers the hops. The hops seem to be later additions with only a mild bittering level, rather nice really. Hop level does seem a bit low for an APA, this seems more of an English Pale Ale. Nice balance though with no obvious flaws.
Mouthfeel: Medium heavy body, surprisingly thick with a good chew and a slightly oily yet dry finish. Nice.
Overall Impression: A good brew, but a bit mild for the style. There’s nothing wrong here, just not enough “wow” factor going on. Nice full mouthfeel, but that drags drinkability down a touch. Enjoying this one, but it would be a bit thick for a session. It had an odd off-sweet quality when I paired it with my dinner (broccoli-cheese casserole), almost an adjunct corn flavor I didn’t note when tasting alone: odd.

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Photo of BeerBob
4.13/5  rDev +27.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

JW Dundee’s “American” Pale Ale pours a lovely deep copper from a 12oz dark brown glass bottle with twist off cap. Head went to over three fingers before settling down to a full, thick carpet of foam with lace up and down the walls of my glass.

Nose is a floral hops and a whiff of alcohol, not unlike a good IPA (India Pale Ale). Palate is a well floral hopped barley malt and the bite of carbonation.

This “American” Pale Ale by JW Dundee’s brewery is full flavored, full bodied, and full of good taste... what’s not to like?

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Photo of Pegasus
3.53/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Mellowed copper color with a large and densely packed snow-white cloudtop head, with excellent retention. Only an occasional bubble rises to the surface. There is an abundance of broken lace in scattered patches about the glass walls.

Aroma: Pine and citrus hops dominate, beneath there are notes of caramel malt.

Taste: Begins with a pronounced caramel malt note, toasted malt flavors follow on, these soon give way to a wave of pine and grapefruit hops, which linger on well past the end of the taste.

Mouth feel: Smooth and full with slightly sharp carbonation.

Drinkability/notes: Quite pleasant, should be enjoyable to all but the most fanatical hopheads.

Presentation: Packaged in a twelve ounce twist-off brown glass longneck. Served in a standard pint tapglass.

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Photo of TastyTaste
3/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This was about as average of pale ale as you can get. Average malt and hops for a PA, in scent and taste. Average bronze color. A little more roasted malt flavor than the average PA, and a little drier, but it really doesn't have any positive or negative effect on the beer. Average.

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Photo of allengarvin
3.95/5  rDev +21.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance is a clear, walnut-color, with a half inch of head. Fair lacing.

Aroma: Pleasant nutty malt with a good, spicy/citrusy hop nose.

Flavor: A toasted biscuit malt flavor up front, with a good amount of bitterness and some citrusy hop flavor. Finish is quite dry.

Mouthfeel: Higher than moderate carbonation, avg mouthfeel.

Quite a bit better than I expected, given the price. A decent session beer.

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Photo of kbub6f
3.18/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

There's one inch of pale tan, fizzy head. The beer is clear; a red/amber. There are a couple of random spots of lacing. Nose is fruity, caramely, with a little sour milk. Front is sour, bitter and a lttle nutty. Sour maltiness through the middle. It's not sweet. Bitter finish, a touch metallic when cool, and still that sourness. It's not great. It tames a little with temperature and sweetens up front some. Not many tastes, some of them bad.

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Photo of ElGordo
3.57/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear amber/golden hue with a small (one-inch) white head that doesn't last very long. Not a whole lot of carbonation. Aroma of floral hops and a touch of sweet, adjunct malt. Slightly foamy body holds a palate of lightly spicy floral hops, tempered with a bit of sweet roasted malt and a touch of honey. The hops take control of the flavor and really linger on the finish, becoming a tad bitter on the aftertaste. A perfectly serviceable pale ale, made much more attractive by the $3.79/6pk price tag.

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Photo of TinusTime
3.95/5  rDev +21.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Is this the same brewery that puts out JW dundee's Honeybrown??

Pours a medium Amber with a decent white 2 finger head that died off quick.. Aroma is of pinesol and caramel. It is the Taste that is surprising. It is a very well paced pale ale.. Nicely hopped very balanced.. The hops are actually there. Mouthfeel is good well carbonated, Drinkability is Tip Top This is one sessionable brew..

Wow this is going on top of my list of cheap Pale Ales with Saranac.
While I have long had hatred for the Dundee Honey Brown-- This beer redeems it and has taken a spot in my surprise beer of 2004

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Photo of beerceller99
3.75/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle. Pours a clear amber color with a white head. Has a faint hop and sweet malt smell. Medium bodied with a full mouthfeel. Nicely carbonated. Taste is caramel sweet malt with a nicely bitter hop bite to finish. A most tasty pale ale and only $4.00 a six pack.

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Photo of granger10
3.73/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Im quite surprised with this offering from High Falls. A sixer of these was only like $6 which is really cheap for Michigan standards. Smell is faint but somewhat sweet, the further I go though I notice an earthiness, kind of bitter in a way, in the aroma. Flavor begins with a toasted caramel/toffee malt sweetness, drier pale malt flavors fall in line next. Hops are noticeable and work well with the malts. I can't really distinguish the dominant hop flavor. They're a little muddled sometimes tasting fruity then earthy then just bitter. I like it but there's not dominant hoppiness to this beer. Finish is a lingering toasted flavor, reminds me a little of an english muffin (weird huh?). Body's a bit weak but there is good carbonation here. Even with the muddled hops this is smooth and easy drinking. Considering the price this is really a good beer. Very sessionable.

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Photo of CBFanWish
3.53/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

High Falls is often joked about. Most people consider their beers lackluster if not worse, but Dundee's Pale Ale proves that a bigger brewery, let alone High Falls can put out a quality ale.
Though it's not the superior quality of most of the micro pale ales, you shouldn't expect this kind of quality from a macro. The pour is not half bad. Light orange in colour with a moderate head. The aroma is lightly hopped as is the taste. I find thgis to be one of the most non offensive pale ales on the market and great for the rookie beer drinker.

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Photo of RBorsato
3.65/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Golden with a nice light beige head, good carbonation. and decent lace. Nice light hoppy aroma and flavor; a bit citrusy but malt certainly domionates in the end. Light-medium bodied with a light bitterness.

A nice intro to style fro macro drinkers and by far one of the best macro Pale Ales I've had.

Per HF website: Cascade, Tomahawk and Amarillo hops. 2 Row Pale Malt with a 60º Lovibond Caramel malt.
ABV: 5.3%
CARBS: 13.5
COLOR: 12º Lovibond

'2304' lasered on neck
Tasted: 12/27/04

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Photo of GeoffRizzo
4.3/5  rDev +32.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Light amber hue; has a decent pine hoppy aroma that is indeed inviting. Caramel notes up front combined with a blast of hops, some orange peel and lemon notes in the body; a decent amount of carbonation. Medium bodied, yet full of flavors; citrus hops come to life with warming; a bit bitter and at the same time a bit creamy. A dry and hopped-up finish; a solid pale ale that is highly drinkable. Very well done.

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Photo of Redrover
3.92/5  rDev +21%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz brown longneck with no freshness dating.

The beer pours a nice bronze with a 2 inch head. Spotty lacing.

The beer has an aroma of fresh citrus and pine. No off smells at all, just hop goodness.

The taste is piney and biting with more than a bit of grapefruit taste. Nice APA here. There is some slightly sweet malt to balance. Nice dry finish. Well made beer here!

The mouthfeel is fine with a good carbonation level. The drinkablity is very good. A nice session beer.

Glad to see this brewery step-up to the plate and deliver. This is nice beer at a nice price and may also be a good conversion beer.

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Photo of brewQ
3.06/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

They have a nice looking package for this brew. Label looks as if it is screened on but is printed on clear plastic. The six pack carrier promotes their other brews with photos.
Lots of CO2 charged out of this brew. A one inch plus head with some staying power but no evident lacing. Body is honey colored.

I stuck my nose deep into the pint glass searching for aroma. Alas, no floral or hop notes and just a bit of malty or metallic aroma here.

Like the aroma, the taste was elusive. Nothing offensive, just not Pale Ale style. Better than Genny's macro offerings. On par with the Honey Brown.

I'd say they hit their target on drinkability.

IMO, Dundee is a novelty west of Ohio and a step above Genny east of there. Too bad they couldn't take a chance on a seasonal or specialty beer.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
4.12/5  rDev +27.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

$4.99 a sixer can anybody say value!!! Appearance: pale amber body is off set by the creamy vanilla colored head forms thick at least two fingers worth and leaves some broad bands of lacing. Aroma: As soon as I cracked the bottle a rush of aromatic hops rush into my senses, wonderful Amarillo and Cascade floral piney slightly earthy very nice with caramel malt sweetness evident. High Falls Brewing a true ale, with actual hop aroma and flavor someone is a genius now if only Bud, Miller, Coors could ever catch on to the fact that people are beginning to know what good beer is. Taste: Very nice flavor, solid hoppy pale not overly bitter just blends together the hops seem fresh with caramel malt breadiness and herbal hop notes great finish love this beer, it's way too drinkable. Mouthfeel: Medium bodied solied carbonation slightly sticky with residual hop resins, nice. Drinkability: Great solid pale offered from High Falls, well done makes me proud.

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Photo of BigRedN
3.93/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A "freebie" if you will. 1 of two extra bottles in a Honey Brown sampler 8 pack.

Appearance: Amber/copper, with an impressive thick, 3/4 inch head (in a pint glass). Head lasted to the finish (and I took my time savoring this as well). Lacing down the glass.

Smell: I am definitely impressed. Big burst of "fresh" hoppy aroma right at the forefront.

Taste: Definitely pale ale, hoppy. There is a tiny hint of malt in the middle, bfore the hop "bite" catches me as I swallow the beer down.

Mouthfeel: A little lighter in body, plenty of carbonation.

Drinkability: A definite surprise and an easy drinker. Out of the Honey Brown, Amber Lager, and this, I will probably purchase this one again first.

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Photo of Bierguy5
3.49/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle. No freshness date. Pours a clear amber/copper color with a great thick creamy off-white head. Head retention was pretty good, and there was a great amount of lace on the sides of the glass. Grainy smell, slight earthy or herbal hops. Slight toasty maly, followed by some husky flavors. Not very clean tasting. Slight hop bitterness, helps balance out. Seems almost more like an English style pale ale. Light body, maybe a bit thin, highly carbonated. Overall, still a nice surprise. Not a great APA, but decent session beer.

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Photo of FormatKid
3.81/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Curiosity killed the cat, I saw this and had to grab a single. I get a pleasant surprise pouring this out, beaten copper body, big resilent sticky off-white head nearly perfect for style. In the aroma, I can actually smell hops, not violently aggressive hops, but they are definitely assertive in their stance lightly piney, and citrusy. The background of the aroma is a small swelling of sweet malt, and a faint, yet slightly unpleasant minerally/metallic tinge. As a swallow I think the first thing I notice is that this is a tad light, but still serviceable in mouthfeel. Honey sweet malt tickles the front of my palate, flat bitterness develops into subtle pine and citrus flavors…followed by a resurgence of sweet malt and a spicy dry finish. This beer is quenching but the dryness makes you want to take another drink. A nicely balanced APA if not a little thin. I’m still pleasantly surprised! Might I add, for just over $5 a sixer, this one ranks pretty high on the "bang for you buck list"


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Photo of palma
3.78/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Great looking brew - orange amber color body with a thick tan head. Leaves a very nice lace all the way to the last drop. Smell is surprisingly very malty. Taste is initially malt followed by a strong hop character. Impressive. You'd think High Falls might cheap out on the hops on this one, but no way - they deliver. Begins tasting a little sour as the beer warms. I was surprised by this new brew by HF. Nicely done.

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Photo of Kookiekwan
3.55/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Sampled at Yankee Spirits Octoberfest Sturbridge MA.
This beer pours a golden/copper color with a two finger head that remains throughout the beer leaving moderate lacing. The aroma is hoppy and citrusy with a scent of malt underneath. It has a thin malty body but is overshadowed by the hop bitterness. Drinkability - great, before I knew it my beer was gone and I was reaching for another!

Reflection: I can't believe that this is the same company that makes Golden Anniversary! If they keep the great price point(a couple dollars less than your average micro pale ale) you might see alot of people switching over from their usual brand.

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Photo of ThreePistols
4/5  rDev +23.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This JW Dundee's Pale Ale by Falls Brewing Co. pours a clean clear copper colour with a respectable white head that leaves a fine lace till the end.

The aroma has a slight sweet and floral nose with malt detected in the background.

Clean, crisp, smooth roasted grain flavor, well balanced by the three different hops used. Taste and balance improves as this brew warms in the glass.

No funky or strange aftertaste detected in the finish.

IMHO this is a very good Pale Ale with that great hops bite without being overly bitter and without taking a huge bite out of your wallet.


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Photo of mgdeth
3.33/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - A thick foamy head formed on the pour, and some head remained until the last drop. Nice dark coppery-orange color.

Smell - Hop aroma is present, as is a touch of malt.

Taste - Hmmm. Better than expected, given my past experience with Dundee's Honey Brown. As a matter of fact, this beer tastes pretty good - bitter, but not unpleasantly so. Hop aftertate lingers for a while.

Mouthfeel - Appropriate for an American pale ale. Those of you who may have expected a more watery beer are in for a pleasant surprise.

Drinkability - Easy drinkin'. Nice hop profile, reasonable maltiness. This beer might be a good one to share with craft beer neophytes. Experienced craft beer drinkers will probably look at this as a "session" beer.

Comments - In a craft beer world where everyone seems to be looking for the next "extreme" thing, this beer will not stand out. However, getting back to basics, I think Dundee's has put forth a respectable effort with this beer.

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Photo of moocey
4/5  rDev +23.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is the first time I've paid five dollars for a six pack of something that actually had "Ale" on the label instead of lager. Well, there was that Lawson's Creek dreck that called itself a stout but turned out to be red kool-aid, but back to topic. I've been reluctant to try this beer since it's made by the same people that make Honey Effing Lager, but my curiosity got the best of me.

Appearance - Nice Amber Color and decent head retention.

Smell - Holy crap! Is that hops I smell? Nice light hoppy, biscuity aroma. I've never smelt hops in anything this cheap.

Taste - Well I'll be damned. Nice crisp cascade hoppy, spicy bite. Do I wish there were more hops? Of course I do. But I'll forgive them since this only set me back five bucks. Slightly sweet malt finish there as well. This is a decent American Pale.

Drinkability - High. Fairly simple beer that requires little brainwork. For anyone who has been introduced to hops, this should be easy to drink.

This is slightly more expensive than your average sub-premium MacroSwill. Obviously, this is not macroswill by any means. Of course I'm not calling this a great beer, it's just an exceptional value. Most of the time when I spend this much on a six pack of beer, I'm satisfied when it lacks bad characteristcs. This goes as far as to have pleasing, although not earth-shattering, flavor and aroma. I enjoyed this beer. I highly reccomend this as a fallback to other BA's who are poor college students.

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Photo of Billolick
3.68/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ouncer, without any freshnesss dating to be had. Pours amber/almond, raising a medium bubble head with good retention, leaves moderate lacing. Lively carbonation, with streams of bubbles continuing to rise up. Faint bready nose. Medium bodied, notes of minerals, soft malty center and slight grainy hops in the background. Brit tasting ale. Middle of the road in most aspects, but a decent sessioner. Respectable, if not very exciting brew.

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Dundee Pale Ale from Genesee Brewing Co. / Dundee Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.24 out of 5 with 466 ratings